UNITED KINGDOM: Government Extends Period for Temporary COVID-19 Adjusted Right to Work Checks to 20 June 2021

May 12, 2021

The UK government has announced that the adjusted COVID-19 right to work (RTW) provisions will be extended until 20 June 2021.

The government previously advised that this concession would end on 16 May 2021. However, following much push back from employers and their representatives, the government has confirmed that the temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks will now end on 20 June 2021 and that, from 21 June 2021, employers will revert to face-to-face and physical document checks as set out in legislation and guidance. This will bring the end of checks in line with the proposed end of the lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures in England.

The current concessions will mean right to work checks can continue until 20 June 2021 (inclusive) using the below method:

  • Checks can currently be carried out over video calls.
  • Job applicants and existing workers can send scanned documents or a photo of documents for checks using email or a mobile app, rather than sending originals.

Further, even after the concessions end, employers are reminded that they can use the Employer Checking Service or online right to work checking service where the applicant qualifies for these services.

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